Maryland-based California Tortilla to reopen first W.Va. store – in Potomac Towne Center
RANSON – California Tortilla is coming to West Virginia.
Actually, the fast-casual Mexican restaurant chain based in Maryland, makes its return to the Mountain State this week – re-opening its once-popular Ranson location in the hands of new franchisees.
To celebrate, California Tortilla plans a grand opening on Thursday that includes a free burrito and soft drink for each customer in line at the restaurant in The Marketplace at Potomac Towne Center near Weis supermarket from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday. A second giveaway happens from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Other prizes to be given away include T-shirts and concert tickets. Also, the first 20 customers in line Thursday win a free burrito each month for the coming year.
Business partners Pam Felix and Alan Cohen founded the chain in Bethesda, Md., in 1995.
Cal Tort now has more than 40 locations along the East Coast, including stores in D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. The chain, headquartered in Rockville, also has a restaurant in Qatar and is in the process of opening stores in New York and New Jersey.
Often compared to Chipotle Mexican Grill and Baja Fresh, the eatery sells not only fresh, made-to-order burritos but burrito bowls, enchilada bowls, fajitas, nachos, quesadillas, salads, chicken tortilla soup, turkey chili, desserts and side dishes such as Mexican rice and black beans.
The location’s owners Sandeep Singh and Viral Singh say Ranson’s recent explosion of retail, restaurants and new homes make the timing perfect for Cal Tort’s return to its original location.
“People couldn’t be more excited to see us back,” Sandeep Singh said. “This is a great fast casual alternative for families, with lots of kid-friendly choices. Plus, with gluten-free and vegetarian menu options, customers can satisfy their burrito cravings and stay healthy.”